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By Deborah Bruce
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040061, 80 pages, June 2021


It's been thirty years since former flames Alex and Jason last saw each other. With their carefree university days long behind them, the student reunion seems the perfect opportunity to reconnect, revive and relive their heyday. But as they flirt with reigniting their passion – even if just for one night – will the march of time get in the way?

Deborah Bruce's Raya is a witty and tender play about whether or not we can ever turn back – or stop – the clocks.


"A bewitching drama about marriage under the microscope... Bruce has created a fascinatingly multilayered character here... [she] keeps the story moving forward with mysteries and buried secrets... Raya keeps you hooked with its clear-sighted wit and tenderness."

- The Times

"An enjoyably twisty 80-minute rollercoaster."

- Evening Standard

"Well done Deborah Bruce for acknowledging the crisis that grips every woman at some point in their lives in a way that doesn't feel icky... [a] grown up new play."

- Telegraph